Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe believes his team is owed a bit of luck after once again falling just short of claiming victory.
Glory twice fought back from a goal down to claim a 2-2 draw with Melbourne City at nib Stadium on Saturday night, but the stalemate result meant Lowe’s side has failed to record a win in their last five outings.
“I thought we created opportunities to create opportunities, where we’ve actually won (the ball) in transition and then we’ve had an opportunity to create an opportunity,” Lowe said.
“We had so many of them, it was getting a bit frustrating.
“I actually feel good for the players because they’re putting performances in, but they’re not getting things out of it they should get. Maybe that will change as we move forward.
“We had a game plan today that worked superbly. It’s just disappointing that they didn’t get what they deserved a little bit. What you want is a little bit of luck, the ball going off someone’s backside, or whatever.
“We’ve played unbelievable football – transitioned, carved them open, gone one-on-one with the keeper at times – but we can’t finish them, yet we do so many good things to get there.”
For the second week in a row, Glory was reduced to 10 men after young defender Jacob Collard was sent off for picking up a second yellow card when he kicked the ball away in disgust after conceding a foul.
Lowe said he would not speak to the 20-year-old, who was playing just his second A-League match, about the incident.
“As he was walking off the pitch, he was having a word with himself," Lowe said. "He knows exactly what he’s done, and what he shouldn’t have done.
“It’s one of those learning moments where nobody needs to say anything.
“If he kicked the ball away, you don’t leave the ref with any choice.
“He’s a young kid…you can’t get upset with him. Maybe when he sleeps tonight he might toss and turn a little bit, but I’m not going to criticise him. It’s just one to put in the bank for him to learn from.”
Glory will regain Alex Grant from suspension for next Sunday’s away clash with the Newcastle Jets, but veteran defender Michael Thwaite is still in doubt with a knee injury.
Richard Garcia, Andy Keogh and Jamal Reiners will be monitored during the week after pulling up sore from Perth’s previous match against Adelaide United last Saturday.